S. Korea to launch Nuri four more times by 2027; next launch slated for next year
Updated: 2022-06-22 10:20:56 KST
Through the successful launch of South Korea's domestically-developed rocket "Nuri", South Korea took a major step in its space program and boosted the country's growing space ambitions.
Now, the country will no longer have to rely on launchers from other countries to put its satellites into orbit.
It may also possibly be able to export this technology to other countries in the future.
"Now, we can help other countries develop satellites and put them into orbit using our launcher. So it's a meaningful step because we are now able to send "our" satellite into space, with "our" launcher whenever we want."
But Tuesday's launch is just the beginning.
South Korea plans to send Nuri into space for four more times over the next five years.
"Our government plans to stage four additional launches by 2027, and improve technical reliability and stability.
The next launch is slated for 2023, when the country will be sending a small satellite that weighs 100 kilograms into space.
Then, it'll send several small satellites into space from 2024 to 2027.
Also, in August this year, South Korea plans to mobilize its lunar orbiter 'Danuri' for the first time.
After more than six years spent perfecting its design and trajectory, it will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
It will orbit the moon for about a year, and if successful, it will be the first South Korean mission to travel beyond Earth's orbit.
The country's ultimate goal is to send a lunar landing module to the moon by 2031.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.